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Was going to build a simple self hosted app for myself and then I realised I could add federation to make a decentralised network and oh god why do my ambitions always get out of control.

I wonder if this is part of what stops organisations with similar goals from working together, a desire to preserve their identity and be the Hero.

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“Try” here isn’t necessarily intentional I don’t think; it’s subliminal, an implicit driver that nobody even realises. And it’s not embodied in individuals, but in the institution itself.

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Today (via @edsaperia) I learned about the Shirky Principle: “Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution”. This applies to so many things, especially our public institutions.

It feels like an unpopular opinion, but liking things is more fun than hating things, and talking about things you like will make you feel better about life than talking about things you hate.

mental health 

Feeling the call of the depression void hard this morning. It feels like it would be so much easier to just let myself sink.

How are we a year into a pandemic and Apple haven’t added video call capability to the AppleTV? It’s got a USB port (for servicing) which could be updated to allow cameras, surely. Grr.

Some of you probably know enough to back up my reckons on the internals of this smart plug - any comments gratefully appreciated!

Last year I started writing down my bucket list. This year I realised that you have to actually *do* some. Most of mine involve travel, so I guess I'd better crack on with some of the few that don't.

"Hey Siri, show me why Twitter is awful and I should just delete my account"

Has anyone EVER remembered to enable SSH first time when setting up a new Raspberry Pi?

The joy of checking your work calendar and seeing that you’ve been triple booked since yesterday.

During the pandemic, getting prescriptions in the post would be very handy. What I want to know is: would that make life/business harder or easier for my local pharmacy?

merging dependency updates in lieu of brain thinking

@bjwebb welcome to the server! Great to see you here, I don’t think we’ve met but we probably know many of the same people in the open data space :)

There’s no more Firefly, but there’s a third Skyline film. I really don’t understand how that happens.

Here is a patreon on the philosophy of Hey Duggee and The Simpsons. I think it might be the best thing ever:

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